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This is a very simple soup with the creaminess of potatoes and health benefits of Spinach and Oats. As we know spinach is considered very healthy. Spinach contains an impressive range of active substances which are indispensable to the body.The magnesium contained in spinach helps prevent diabetes; iodine helps treat skin diseases and strengthens the immune system; vitamin K contributes to bone resistance; vitamin B improves cerebral activity, helps in maintaining the firmness of the skin and controls insomnia; potassium stimulates the cardiac muscle; beta-carotene prevents sight problems and sulfur increases hair attractiveness. Alimentary fibers, vitamins and minerals contained make spinach a good depurative and detoxifier. The toxins originating in nourishments that are rich in fat and proteins of animal origin are thus eliminated quickly. At the same time, alimentary fibers prevent constipation and colon cancer. They interact with the absorption of fat and adjust the level of cholesterol in the body. Moreover, spinach can help eliminate intestinal parasites.(source-www.liveand life.com)
The potatoes makes a nice thickening agent and adds to the creamy texture of the soup. The potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates.They are nutrient-dense, meaning you receive many nutrients for the amount of calories they have. The fiber half soluble, half insoluble, so it helps to keep you regular and helps to lower cholesterol. And slowing down digestion helps to keep you full longer. Phytochemicals in potatoes include flavanoids and a recently identified compound called kukoamine that appears to help lower blood pressure. (source-www.howstuffworks.com)
Oatmeal and oat bran are significant sources of dietary fiber. This fiber contains a mixture of about half soluble and half insoluble fibers. One component of the soluble fiber found in oats is beta-glucans, a soluble fiber which has proven effective in lowering blood cholesterol.
After reading the health benefits of the Spinach, oats and potatoes one can surely say this soup is loaded with good health. Lets read how it’s made..
One onion chopped
2 potatoes peeled and chopped/cubed
25 spinach leaves
1 tbsp pepper corn
4 green cardamoms
2 tsp clarified butter/butter
1 tbsp roasted cumin powder
roasted rolled Oats a handful
salt to taste
In a pan heat clarified butter and add cardamoms, peppercorns and cloves. Once they crackle add the onions and saute.
Add the potatoes, some water and bring to a boil, cover and cook till tender.
Cool and grind to a paste.
Take the spinach-potato paste in a pan and add water to bring to a soup like consistency and put it on flame. Bring it to a boil and add roasted cumin powder. Taste the soup to check for salt and other spices.
Boil for a few minutes, meanwhile roast the rolled oats till nicely crunchy and crisp.
Remove the soup in bowl and put a tablespoon of rolled oats just before serving. Serve along with herbed garlic toasts.
Sending this to Sara’s oats feast.